New collaboration announced between the Federation of Master Builders and RetrofitWorks
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the largest trade association in the UK construction industry, and RetrofitWorks, the not-for-profit co-operative, campaigning for a national energy efficiency home retrofit strategy, are delighted to announce a new collaboration for 2022. The move which will offer fantastic benefits to members, is based on the synergy and focus of both organisations on making the emergence of retrofit more accessible, impactful and equitable for local businesses.
Russell Smith, Founder of RetrofitWorks comments: “We’re delighted to formalise our relationship with the FMB who have been one of our major supporters for a decade. It’s well known that we face serious climate change challenges, and now we can work with the intentions of the Government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy and potentially more stringent eco legislation that will drive more work opportunities. We need to work to prepare businesses now. Changes will come that will impact how builders and contractors operate, the kind of skillsets they need, materials they use etc. Together with the FMB, we can amplify our voice in the housing sector to get ahead, improve understanding of the whole house approach, market this effectively to customers and support builders to access the market and guide them in their work.
“We aim to make every business’ involvement in domestic eco refurbs and retrofit projects run as smoothly as possible, matchmaking the right business with consumers looking to improve their homes. Our new alliance with the FMB which supports the launch of our national retrofit service will ensure consumers are getting a genuine energy efficient home at the end of the process rather than a mismatch of solutions carried out in isolation. We look forward to working closely with the FMB and their members to help facilitate our collective journey to Net Zero.”
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “I echo Russell’s call for immediate and collective action to green our homes, which is why the FMB is delighted to be working in partnership with RetrofitWorks. We won’t reach net zero by 2050 if we don’t work to fix our leaky and energy inefficient homes. Small, local builders have a crucial role to play not just in delivering these improvements but helping to communicate the urgency of retrofit to consumers.
“Homeowners need confidence about who to turn to for green upgrades, and that the work will be delivered by properly trained, quality tradespeople. Which is why I am delighted that the FMB and RetrofitWorks as like-minded organisations have agreed to formalise our close working relationship and offer to share the support provided by our organisations with our respective memberships.”